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  • The Noblest Rose

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    by Randy Kemner                            “Champagne is the great equalizer. It makes anyone feel like royalty.” —Jared M. Brown, author of Champagne Cocktails Early in my wine appreciation pursuit, I, like so many unwise wine newbies before and since, was fascinated by the world’s elite wines, which in the 1970s were actually within financial reach of my club […]

  • What Is Pinot Noir?

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    By Randy Kemner             It was a sunny, somewhat breezy afternoon in Marin County. I was sitting at a picnic table outside the McEvoy Olive Oil company for their semi-annual wine launch party with my wife Dale, our friend Lori and her friend Landis, who is a McEvoy club member and our hostess for this occasion. An […]

  • A Lazy Day and a Gift from Lyon

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    by Randy Kemner     It started out as another lost Sunday.  After the stresses and hard work of the week, my Sunday could have been a constructive one, like painting the living room, but I spent it reading the Sports page about the previous day’s Kentucky Derby, Pacquiao-Mayweather bout and the game seven squeaker between San Antonio […]